You wouldn’t know it looking at the place now, but Sydney’s Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club wasn’t always such a beauty.
In desperate need of rescue from the ravages of time and tide, the previous clubhouse was a badly weathered brick box – to put it nicely.
Club members – and architects – Richard Cole and Robert Hopton began the task of rejuvenating the clubhouse back in 2006. The result of their labours, and those of countless club members, is a remarkable new home to more than 1,000 club members and countless community groups.
Richard Cole proudly shared why the project was particularly special to him.
“I’ve been a member of the surf club for a decade, done patrols and nippers. Just using the old club and knowing the organisation from the inside was probably the most informative influence on the way this has been designed. It needed to be a single building, yet had quite a complex brief for multiple uses. Flexibility of use was the key,” he explained.
A generous use of glass in the design helped the revitalised clubhouse reconnect to its exquisite setting.
“Glass provides unobtrusive flexibility and thermal performance. The building is naturally ventilated and highly insulated. It uses minimal energy and collects its own rainwater and solar power,” Richard explained.